Well, it wasn’t a record breaking performance, but Jimmy Garoppolo provided the San Francisco 49ers with some evidence that he may indeed be the guy who can take them into a new era. So with a road win behind them, the Niners will now try to make it two in a row as they face off against the banged-up Houston Texans in a game that will begin at 1 PM ET at NRG Stadium in Houston. This game will be televised by Fox Network on a regional basis, and if you are a VietBetcustomer, you know that you can get reduced juice before the game starts, and then partake in real-time wagering through Live Betting Ultra.
Garoppolo’s debut as a starter with the 49ers came after much anticipation, speculation and even controversy. There were a lot of questions among observers as to why the team was waiting so long to put him in, although the explanation on the part of management was that they did not want to rush him, and wanted to give him sufficient time to learn the playbook. Well, at Soldier Field last weekend, Garoppolo completed 26 out of 37 passes for 293 yards, and the Niners defeated the Chicago Bears 15-14. It should be noted that even though he looks pretty sharp out there, Jimmy G. did not take this team on a touchdown drive.
The Texans got a pretty good performance out of their quarterback last weekend, but despite 365 yards from Tom Savage, there was only one offensive touchdown in the 24-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Houston simply did not have its running game on this particular afternoon, while it’s once-vaunted defense gave up 198 rushing yards to Tennessee.
Neither of these teams is in playoff contention; San Francisco is now 2-10 straight-up, although they are respectable 6-6 against the points. Houston is just 4-8 straight-up and 7-5 ATS. That is obviously disappointing for the defending AFC South champions.
In the latest pro football odds that have been posted on this game by the people at VietBet, Houston is favored by a field goal at home:
Houston Texans -3 (+100)
San Francisco 49ers +3 (-120)
Over 43 points -110
Under 43 points -110
We must admit that Savage is feeling more comfortable back there, but there really isn’t a lot of weaponry around him. Of course, DeAndre Hopkins is always dangerous (eight catches for 80 yards last week), but there have been injuries to other receivers, including Will Fuller, Bruce Ellington and now Braxton Miller. So Andre Ellington, who the team just recently picked up, was moved from running back to wide receiver and will likely see some action at that position in this game. Some of the bad news includes the fact that CJ Fiedorowicz, one of the teams tight ends, along with Miller and running back Alfred Blue are only concussion protocol. So you are going to have to follow their progress during the week.
VietBet patrons also noticed that Houston has to do a lot of shuffling on the offensive line. In fact, Jeff Allen stood in as the fifth different left tackle they have used this season. Savage got sacked four times by Tennessee, and that brought the total of sacks allowed to 36.He was “courageous,” in the words of Houston Chronicle columnist John McClain, but at the end of the day the guy has a 71.8 quarterback rating. And you just know that Bill O’Brien would really rather not have him throw the ball 49 times as he did last Sunday. Houston runs the ball 43.5% of the time, which puts them in the upper half of the league.
San Francisco, on the other, runs the ball less frequently than anyone in the NFL (36.5%). And we wonder about that, because there is a capable running back in Carlos Hyde. Maybe Garoppolo is ready for prime time; he does have an emerging target in Marquise Goodwin, a world-class sprinter who accounted for 99 yards in connections with the Niners’ new starter. One of the things about San Francisco is that they have done a pretty good job against the run, allowing just 3.8 yards per carry, and in a tight game, Chicago, despite the presence of the very capable Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen, managed only 62 rushing yards. If San Francisco can’t force an unbalanced Houston attack, we may play some faith in Garoppolo once again, which means we take the points.
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